Agnes Miller Parker, Her Wood-Engravings for Gregynog Press

{Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} Agnes Miller Parker (1895-1980) was a Scottish painter, illustrator and celebrated wood-engraver. She was born in Irvine and from 1911-1917 attended the Glasgow School of Art where she met the art critic and painter William McCance who she married in 1918. McCance and Miller Parker lived in Chiswick in the twenties and were near … Continue reading Agnes Miller Parker, Her Wood-Engravings for Gregynog Press

Gertrude Hermes and the ‘Gregynog’ Selborne, Gwasg Gregynog (1988)

{Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} Gertrude Hermes, OBE, RA (1901 – 1983) was an outstanding sculptor and wood engraver whose work spanned much of the twentieth century. In the opinion of Simon Brett, “her prints stand in the history of British Modernism alongside the paintings of Nicholson and the sculpture of Moore and Hepworth.” The story of Hermes’ association with Gregynog Press is interesting and sad. The … Continue reading Gertrude Hermes and the ‘Gregynog’ Selborne, Gwasg Gregynog (1988)

‘The History of Saint Louis’ by John, Lord of Joinville, The Gregynog Press (1937)

{Ed. Note: This article is courtesy of Books and Vines contributor Neil.}. The first incarnation of The Gregynog Press in rural Wales from 1922-1940 under the patronage of the wealthy Davies sisters (Margaret and Gwendoline) can be viewed as having four distinct phases reflecting the backgrounds, talents and skills of the controllers (all with the support of  skilled and long-serving printers, compositors and binders)  who were responsible for … Continue reading ‘The History of Saint Louis’ by John, Lord of Joinville, The Gregynog Press (1937)

A look at Simon Lawrence’s The Fleece Press

{Ed. Note: A few weeks back Books and Vines reviewed Leon Underwood: His Wood Engravings from the The Fleece Press. This article, from Books and Vines contributor Neil, provides a broader overview of the The Fleece Press by looking at a wider range of what they have published.} The Fleece Press, in Upper Denby near Huddersfield, England, is the imprint of Simon Lawrence. He is particularly well known for printing wood-engravings ‘from … Continue reading A look at Simon Lawrence’s The Fleece Press